Lung Health Disparities

The American Lung Association is committed to preventing lung disease and improving lung health. Our disparities reports and issue briefs attempt to address the needs of those populations that are disproportionately affected by lung disease.

Taking Her Breath Away: The Rise of COPD in Women

See why the rate of COPD in women has increased four-fold in the past three decades and ways to address this disparity.

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Cutting Tobacco's Rural Roots: Tobacco Use in Rural Communities

Learn about factors that contribute to a higher rate of tobacco use among youth and adults in rural America.

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Luchando por el Aire: The Burden of Asthma on Hispanics

Get insight into research surrounding the complex factors that increase the burden of asthma on Hispanics.

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Missed Opportunities: Influenza and Pneumonia Vaccination in Older Adults

Get insights on the importance of vaccination among older adults and the steps to eliminate disparities in influenza and pneumonia vaccination rates.

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Smoking Out a Deadly Threat: Tobacco Use in the LGBT Community

Examine the trend of higher tobacco use in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the need for additional research specific to this community.

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Too Many Cases, Too Many Deaths: Lung Cancer in African Americans

Review this compilation of research examining lung cancer among African Americans and the need to eliminate this and other health disparities.

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Addressing the Stigma of Lung Cancer

This issue brief examines the stigma of lung cancer and makes recommendations for reducing it.

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